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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Grouping Students not so Scary!

I guess what I want to share with my fellow teacher "classmates" is that I have really worked hard on the group assignments issue I had.  I had terrible experiences with it last year and nearly "swore them off!".  I have had to constantly remind myself that I inherited these classes half-way through the last school year with all of its problems and my bad experiences grouping students together for learning projects.   I have learned a lot from our lessons on grouping students and have listened and learned from everyone's stories and experiences as well.  Many of them I have put to practice over the last couple of weeks on smaller projects and my students have pleasantly surprised me.  I now realize that the core of my problem last year was letting the students choose their own groups and boy, what a mistake that was! (And how naive of me!) The nuturing side of me has taken a step down and the more commanding side of me as a more knowledgable teacher of teens has stepped up.  I now have more hetergeneous groups and it is working so much better. The other lesson I have put into practice is teaching these students the rules for working in groups and the expectations they should have from each other as well as meeting my expectations. Teaching social skills is not easy but they really do not come with many!  This will be an ongoing process but I am up to the challenge.  I have a cultural diversity project planned for them in the very near future. Let's hope these students continue to surprise me - in good way! :)
Oh, I have one last thought.  I love the idea of the pencil activity for group work!  I heard many of you did too.  Think I better go run out and invest in pencil stock asap!    ;)

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